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Video games are often known for their gunplay. However, not all shooting games are the same. The simple aiming and firing mechanic is creatively combined with other aspects of play that greatly alter the experience. Movement Shooters are shooting games where you have a high degree of control over how your character moves around the world. Along with the usual walking, running, and crouching, there are ways to swing, jetpack, climb, wall-run and generally use parkour-style motion to get where you need to be.This not only adds novelty to the otherwise repetitive nature of shooting games but changes how they are played more generally. In a standard shooting game, a viable tactic is to hide somewhere and pick off enemies as they appear in the distance. Movement Shooters get around this unpopular technique (sometimes called "camping") because the ability to rapidly move through the world enables you to find and deal with hiding snipers.The movement aspect of play also adds another significant skill to learn in these games. Techniques like Strafe-jumping, Circle Jumping and Bunny Hopping enable players to squeeze fast motion from their character. Add to this the combination of swinging, gliding and using architecture to transition smoothly from floor to sky and it's clear that this can take many years to perfect. This list includes 47 games from the last 27 years, with 870 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to refine competitive virtual motion.
Release Date: 25/06/2013, updated in 2017
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
TowerFall Ascension is a running, jumping and archery game where each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. Play is about quick reactions and second-guessing what your...
Release Date: 15/11/2001, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Halo is the longstanding sci-fi shooting video game series that started when Halo: Combat Evolved launched alongside the Xbox in 2001. The franchise has featured on every Xbox platform since then, with Halo 5: Guardians serving as the latest entry in...
Release Date: 02/06/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person
Valorant is a team-based online shooting game, where two teams of five compete under the role of agents with unique abilities. It's designed to be competitive and requires considerable skill and practice to win matches. Between rounds, players spend...
Release Date: 08/07/2021
Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch
Components: 3D First-Person and Hand-Made
Boomerang X is a shooting platform game where you explore worlds and fight enemies with a boomerang-like shuriken weapon. Unusually, you can warp to your boomerang once thrown meaning you can slice, fly, and blast through arenas swarming with evil...
Release Date: 30/05/2019
Out Now: PC
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Get To The Orange Door (GTTOD) is a platform game where you run, jump and shoot your way through minimalist levels. Movement is parkour in nature, meaning that you use architecture, street furniture and other objects to get an advantage when getting...
Release Date: 31/07/2014, updated in 2016
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Wii U and Xbox One
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made
Lovely Planet is a shooting game which focuses on athletic flow and accuracy rather than headshots and gore. You jump and shoot your way through five worlds full of treacherous enemies with your trusty pop-gun. It's an unusual, almost balletic, shooting...
Release Date: 25/02/2016, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Web and Xbox One
Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon
Superhot is a shooting game with a twist. Time only moves forward (bullets, enemies, damage) when you move your character. This is still a violent game, in fact, in slow motion, it feels more violent.
Release Date: 10/03/2020, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Call of Duty: Warzone is a large online shooting game. It's played with 150 other players with teams in squads of 1 to 4 players. As with other battle royale games, the map on which you play shrinks to great intense finale shot downs. This, combined...
Release Date: 19/11/2021
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Open World and Weather
Battlefield 2042 is a shooting game in the Battlefield series. This version of the game focuses just on multiplayer and doesn't have a single-player campaign. It's set in a near future with weapons and gadgets like deployable turrets and drones along...
Release Date: 21/07/2017, updated in 2022
Out Now: Switch
Splatoon on the Wii U, Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3 on the Switch are games where you shoot ink rather than bullets in this deeply skilled combat game. As well as taking out opponents, teams work together to cover the arena with their colour of ink. This...
Release Date: 04/02/2019
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 3D First-Person and Open World
Apex Legends is a shooting game where you team up with a few other players to survive the longest on the island. Play is. combination of shooting, moving around to get the advantage and searching for weapons and supplies. Your mission is to defeat the...
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: PC
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Karlson is a platform game where you take on shooting, running and jumping challenges to complete the level by getting to the tongue-in-cheek Milk prize. The focus is on skilled movement and precision shooting. As you fight your way out of the facility,...
Release Date: 11/08/2020
Hyper Scape is an online shooting game where players battle to be the last man standing. It's unusual because it integrates a feature that allows viewers of matches (on Twitch) to affect the game.
Release Date: 03/09/2020
Ultrakill is a fast very violent retro shooting game. It's like the games that created this genre, Quake, Doom and the more recent Devil May Cry. You must use quick reactions to move and shoot before you yourself are shot. You can find weapons to help,...
Release Date: 29/09/2021
Out Now: Android, PC, Web and iOS
Shell Shockers is an online shooting game where you play as an armed egg. It has the usual array of guns but here you aim to crack rather than kill the other players. You play the game in a web browser, it's fast to start and simple to play with a focus...
Release Date: 07/12/2023
Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Weather
The Finals is an online shooting game where you are a contestant in a violent game show. You play from first person perspective, aiming to shoot opponents before they shoot you. The twist is that everything in the world from the buildings to the trees...
Release Date: 09/11/2020, updated in 2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One
Prodeus is a fast paced shooting game. It's designed to recreate the frantic reaction based play of the first shooting games like Quake and Doom. You familiarise yourself with complex levels, searching for keys, while engaging enemies in fast-paced...
Release Date: 17/06/2023, updated in 2023
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Blade Ball is a dodgeball-style sports game where players use their sword-like weapons to deflect the ball at each other to be the last man standing. Like dodgeball, you mustn't get hit by the ball or you are out, here you can move around freely and use...
Release Date: 24/05/2019, updated in 2021
Splitgate Arena Warfare is a movement-focused shooting game. Building on classic quick-motion gun battles, Splitgate adds a gun that can create portals between any two locations. This combines the frantic close-quarters arena combat that was popular in...
Release Date: 31/03/2017
Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free online shooting game, like Overwatch that lets you play as different heroes in the battles. It's set in a world combining fantasy and science fiction, including medieval-looking...
Release Date: 20/10/2016
Titanfall and Titanfall 2 are a movement-shooting games where players control mechanical Titans and their pilots, who are agile and equipped with a variety of weapons and abilities ranging from wall-running to invisibility. This makes it a game that...
Release Date: 20/03/2020
Out Now: PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Doom Eternal is a shooting game with a focus on movement and close-quarter combat in tightly designed arenas. Originally released in 1993, it was one of the first 3D shooting games to be made and spawned numerous sequels, novels, comic books, board...
Release Date: 06/02/2024
Out Now: PS4 and PS5
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Foamstars is a team-based shooting game where you fire colourful foam from your gun instead of bullets. Using the foam, you not only defeat opponents but also create colour-coded areas to slide around on surfboards and build fortresses to gain an...
Release Date: 24/06/2020
Ninjala is an online action battle game where you play colourful gum-chewing ninjas who compete in futuristic tournaments.
Release Date: 17/09/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Severed Steel is a shooting game with a focus on movement. You charge through the destructible environments shooting and parrying attacks. You play as the one-armed protagonist, Steel, a nimble sharpshooter on a mission. It's like Doom meets Superhot by...
Release Date: 15/09/2020, updated in 2021
BPM: Bullets Per Minute is a shooting game where shots and attacks must be timed to the beat of the music. The gameplay is focused on motion and shooting, like the Doom games, only here you can only shoot, dodge and reload on the beat. It's repetitive...
Release Date: 14/01/2022
Out Now: Android and iOS
Crossout Mobile is a smartphone version of the popular online vehicular combat game Crossout. While it retains all the core mechanics of the main version, including the modular vehicle designs, customisation and skilful gameplay,...
Release Date: 09/12/1997, updated in 2023
Out Now: Amiga, PC, PS1, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D First-Person and Pixels
Quake II is one of the first fast-paced shooting games, where you rush through dungeons collecting guns and killing enemies. Play involves finding your way through mission levels while dealing with enemies. Years after its release it is still being...
Release Date: 07/09/2021, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch
Vampire: The Masquerade Blood Hunt is a free-to-play battle royale game set in the streets and on the rooftops of Prague as war breaks out between the vampire sects. In teams or solo, you take the role of a vampire battling opponents and other enemies...
Release Date: 27/10/2020, updated in 2021
Ghostrunner is a challenging, fast-paced fighting game with a puzzle solving element. Played from a first-person perspective, you navigate the world using parkour-like skills, running on walls, sliding through gaps or jumping and swinging over them...
Release Date: 14/07/2020
Rocket Arena is an online shooting game where two teams of three battle each other. The twist is that you never die and leave the action. To win you use your character's unique rocket attacks and abilities to champion the other team.
Release Date: 11/08/2021
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Naraka: Bladepoint is an online fighting game where 60 players take on martial arts weapons and moves to be the last person standing. It takes the battle royale game in a sword-battling direction where heroes can pull off gravity-defying mobility, and...
Release Date: 02/08/2020
Drone The Game is a shooting battle with a highly controllable drone against other online players in arenas like maps. It's unusual because you build and customize your drone by dragging and dropping functional blocks that affect how the drone will fly...
Release Date: 19/11/2002, updated in 2015
Out Now: GameCube, PS2, PS3 and PS4
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter is a running, jumping and shooting game where you play a ruthless bounty hunter on a galaxy-spanning mission to track down and capture a rogue force-wielder. As you infiltrate secret bases, factories, and prisons you must fight...
Release Date: 25/03/2013, updated in 2021
Warframe is a role-playing and shooting game with a focus on narrative-driven adventures and fast-paced, skill-based combat. It offers the fighting and shooting from games like Halo, but in a galaxy on a par with No Man's...
Anger Foot is a fast shooting and kicking game set in a fantasy world. You shoot and blow up enemies, kick down doors and generally cause mayhem in pursuit of a menacing merciless gangsters. It's an over the top violent rush of a cartoon battle that...
Release Date: 04/06/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One
Astro Aqua Kitty is a space adventure where an intrepid crew of cats launch into space to harvest milk from far off planets. You play by moving and shooting your way through levels to meet inhabitants and upgrade your abilities. It stands out for this...
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Hyper Light Breaker is an action fighting game where fluid motion is used to defeat enemies in a surreal, abstract world familiar if you have played the previous Hyper Light games. You move around the world and use guns, swords, and abilities to defeat...
Release Date: 23/06/2020, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One
Wave Break is an extreme sports game where you ride a miniature boat to perform tricks like you do in a skateboard game. It's a bizarre set-up made all the more peculiar by its fast-paced shooting and a Miami Vice-inspired story.
Release Date: 18/02/2016
Out Now: Mac and PC
Devil Daggers is an intense and fast shooting game where you try and survive an abyssal arena with waves of demons. You survive by moving around and using your versatile magic daggers to deal with the latest monstrous creature.